1946-47 Montreal Canadiens

The 1946-47 NHL season was the 30th season of the National Hockey League. Six teams each played 60 games.

Regular season

Tommy Gorman, who had been associated with the National Hockey League since its inception in 1917, announced his retirement in July of 1946 as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. He left behind him seven Stanley Cup champions and a hall of fame career as a coach and general manager. Frank Selke, released from the Toronto Maple Leafs, took over as general manager and would build the greatest dynasty hockey ever knew in the late 1950s. The Canadiens were in financial trouble at this time, despite their winning team and Selke would turn things around by buying up talent and keeping the cream of the crop, selling some players to teams that needed talent.

Red Dutton finally got to resign as president of the NHL, as Clarence Campbell, whom Frank Calder had been grooming as his successor, had come home from Europe. Campbell's experience in law and in hockey made him the perfect choice as president.

Lorne Chabot, whose outstanding career as goalkeeper brought him two Stanley Cups, a Vezina Trophy and a first all-star selection, died October 10th, five days after his 46th birthday. He had been suffering from kidney disease for some time and had been bedridden with severe arthritis.

Detroit lost Syd Howe through retirement, but another Howe started his great career as Gordie Howe was Detroit's new rookie. In one of his first fights, he took care of Montreal's Rocket Richard. Sid Abel then added a taunt that enraged Richard and he broke Abel's nose in three places.

Chicago decided to purchase goaltender Paul Bibeault from Montreal and regretted it. He played badly, one of his losses being an 11-0 whitewashing at the hands of Toronto. Finally, president and general manager Bill Tobin had enough and brought up 20 year old Emile Francis to replace him. He made his debut on February 9th, 1947 in a 6-4 win over Boston.

A donnybrook took place March 16th, 1947 between the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. Cal Gardner lifted Kenny Reardon's stick so that it clipped him in the mouth and a fight broke out between both teams and the fans. On that same night, Billy Taylor of Detroit set an NHL record with 7 assists in a 10-6 shootout win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

Bill Durnan broke George Hainsworth's record of consecutive Vezina Trophies as he won his fourth in a row, and Montreal again finished first.

Max Bentley edged out Rocket Richard by one point and won the scoring championship.

Final standings

GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, PIM = Penalties In Minutes
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold

National Hockey League GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Montreal Canadiens 60 34 16 10 78 189 138 561
Toronto Maple Leafs 60 31 19 10 72 209 172 669
Boston Bruins 60 26 23 11 63 190 175 463
Detroit Red Wings 60 22 27 11 55 190 193 535
New York Rangers 60 22 32 6 50 167 186 426
Chicago Black Hawks 60 19 37 4 42 193 274 467

Scoring leaders

Note: GP = Games played, G = Goals, A = Assists, PTS = Points, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Max Bentley Chicago Black Hawks 60 29 43 72 12
Maurice Richard Montreal Canadiens 60 45 26 71 69
Billy Taylor Detroit Red Wings 60 17 46 63 35
Milt Schmidt Boston Bruins 59 27 35 62 40
Ted Kennedy Toronto Maple Leafs 60 28 32 60 27

Stanley Cup playoffs

see 1947 Stanley Cup Finals

Playoff bracket

  Semifinals Finals
1 Montreal Canadiens 4  
3 Boston Bruins 1  
    1 Montreal Canadiens 2
  2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 4
4 Detroit Red Wings 1  

NHL awards

O'Brien Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Prince of Wales Trophy: Montreal Canadiens
Calder Memorial Trophy: Howie Meeker, Toronto Maple Leafs
Hart Memorial Trophy: Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Vezina Trophy: Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens

All-Star teams

First Team   Position   Second Team
Bill Durnan, Montreal Canadiens G Frank Brimsek, Boston Bruins
Ken Reardon, Montreal Canadiens D Jack Stewart, Detroit Red Wings
Butch Bouchard, Montreal Canadiens D Bill Quackenbush, Detroit Red Wings
Milt Schmidt, Boston Bruins C Max Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks
Maurice Richard, Montreal Canadiens RW Bobby Bauer, Boston Bruins
Doug Bentley, Chicago Black Hawks LW Woody Dumart, Boston Bruins


The following is a list of players of note who played their first NHL game in 1946-47 (listed with their first team, asterisk(*) marks debut in playoffs):

Last games

The following is a list of players of note that played their last game in the NHL in 1946-47 (listed with their last team):

See also


NHL Seasons

1942-43 | 1943-44 | 1944-45 | 1945-46 | 1946-47 | 1947-48 | 1948-49 | 1949-50 | 1950-51

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